Manchester United travel to Belgium to face Club Brugge in the first leg of their Europa League second-round clash. The two sides have had good runs in their recent matches with Man. United coming straight off a strong win at Chelsea’s on Monday.
That win pushed them to four matches unbeaten and with a pretty strong defensive record in that streak. Not least considering the opponents. As for Club Brugge, their win over Waasland-Beveren marked their 12th unbeaten outing. They dropped to the Europa League after a poor run in the Champions League, where they managed just three points and no wins in the six matches in a group that had Real Madrid and PSG.
They conceded a massive 12 goals while scoring only four, which was not unexpected in such a group. The Belgian giants are not known to be a big force in Europe. In their last 12 Europa League matches, they have just two wins and three clean sheets in 14 matches in the competition. In two earlier meetings with United, the Belgians have managed just one goal, whilst conceding seven.
High in confidence
United will be high in confidence after their win over Chelsea. They have kept four straight clean sheets ahead of this game while scoring in three of them. They have proven they can deliver away from home as well, with three straight wins. The last two against Manchester City and Chelsea.
They will have the motivation to go for the kill in this game. With four clean sheets in five away matches, and with defender Eric Bailly returning from injury, they have all the reasons to carry the favourites tag here. Manchester United was not the best in the attack in their group but with four wins, and 10 goals, they managed to finish top.
Manchester United head to this game as favourites, even though Brugge is the form team, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might opt to shuffle the line-up as the match against Chelsea was only three days ago which could play an advantage into the hands of the Belgians. We still think the Red Devils have what it takes to come away with the win though.